Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hello Butterflies!

Having a crooked or tilted panel on a card has become quite a thing of late. It's been a while since I've made one, and I was inspired when making some of my other butterfly cards.

The tilted layer is watercolour paper stamped with a Petal Potpourri image. I wet the paper before stamping so the colour would run a little, then filled in background. I found it a little tricky to get teh saturation of the watercolour right so the colour would run a little and not too much or not at all - bit of a Goldilocks moment when I got it just right! If you are trying it yourself and the colour doesn't run as much as you'd like you can use the aquapainter to give it a helping hand after the fact. If it runs too much you can try soaking up some of the moisture and ink with a tissue.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Challenge Accepted!

My friend Madonna Dunn is currently running We Stamp For Lara, a fundraiser to help her family adapt their car to cater for their daughter Lara. Along with daily tutorials there are challeges to take part in. During the first week we had a fun colour challenge of Daffodil Delight (of course!), Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Basic Gray. Here was my card:

It had been a while since I had used Mosaic Madness and the matching embossing folder... funnily enough the next challenge was to use a set we hadn't used before or hadn't used for a long time!

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Vellum Perfection

We are into the last month of Sale-a-bration, and Stampin' Up! have release four new products that you can earn for free! Today's card features one of these, the Sheer Perfection printed vellum.

So many possiblities with the gorgeous printed designs, but I started with something really simple - adding a bit of colour with some ribbon to make a wedding card.

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Rainbow Butterflies

I've been quite this week as I have been busy creating, finishing up one thing and launching straight into another before I forget what I have pictured in my head as the finished item. Indeed, one was something I had thought of when I saw it in the catalogue and had started on, before being intrupted and forgetting about it. Until this week when I saw someone do a similar thing, and I was then determined to finish it off.

When seeing the Butterfly thinlits in the Occasions catalogue, my mind went back to the Lace Ribbon cards I had done in the past. However, when my order arrived I didn't launch into it immediately as I knew it would be time consuming and I had so many other new things to play with and ideas to do. Eventually I did start, I cut about 3 of the butterflies I needed before the family demanded to be fed and papercraft had to be put aside, then packed up for the night. The preparation really is the most time consuming thing about this: because I wanted the fully rainbow of colours from the Brights collection that was 10 butterflies there. Then the black to put the pieces in, and then to cut it out of the white layer. Then cleaning all the pieces up (removing the little bits that hang on the edge). But I got there!
Yep, I made 10 cards! I figured rather than make just the one card with a rainbow butterfly and have all those other little pieces laying around if I made 10, rotating the position of the colours, then that would fix that problem. Of course I do now have the little bits from 10 black butterflies and 10 white butterflies... but I think that's a little more flexible to work with than just the odd pieces in certain colours. I also used the Label Love set & matching Artisan Label punch that are on special this week in the Weekly Deals.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Irresistible Butterfly

A few weeks ago I shared a card that featured the Irresistibly Yours paper from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. Todays card uses a different sheet from this pack which I've decorated differently, which should help to show you the possibilities with this paper.

For todays card I made up some spritz bottles with Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party ink to spray over the paper. I was quite liberal with my spritzing, and if you look close you can see in some spots the ink has bled under the printing. If you want a crisp look with this paper - easy does it! You can always add more a little at a time, but it's hard to take it away if you add too much.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Metallic Peacock

I might be a bit late to the Perfectly Peacock party, but better late than never!

For something a bit different, I stamped the peacock on brushed silver cardstock before colouring it with Blendabilities. For an extra shiny, metallic touch I separated some sequins from the Bermuda Bay sequin trim and attached them to the peacock tail feathers with mini brads that were coloured with the darkest Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Slumberparty Inspiration

On Friday night I took part in a virtual slumberparty with one of my Stampin' Up! uplines, Angela Sargeant. Along with a whole bunch of chatter and games some images were posted for creative inspiration. I think I amazed everyone by managing to get a card finished on the night, in amongst everything else I was getting up to! This was the image I chose to be inspired by:

And here is the card I ended up with:
As it usually goes with these things, this didn't end up the way I originally envisioned it, but still pretty happy with how it came out. While I expect the cake had white icing and it doesn't look white due to lighting, I decided to stay with the non-white look as it's been a while since I played with vanilla. It was also the first time I had used the embossing folder & the bow-builder punch - using new products had been a little challenge I had set myself so was very happy it was so easy to incorporate my own challenge into the official one!

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